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Turmeric plant



Turmeric is a flowering plant, Curcuma longa of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, the roots of which are used in cooking. 

History

The use of turmeric dates back nearly 4000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used as a culinary spice and had some religious significance. It probably reached China by 700 ad, East Africa by 800 ad, West Africa by 1200 ad, and Jamaica in the eighteenth century

Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years and is a major part of AyurvedaSiddha medicinetraditional Chinese medicineUnani, and the animistic rituals of Austronesian peoples. It was first used as a dye, and then later for its supposed properties in folk medicine.


Traditional uses

Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia, where it is collected for use in classical Indian medicine (Siddha or Ayurveda).

Turmeric is one such herb. Turmeric is used as an herbal medicine for rheumatoid arthritis, chronic anterior uveitis, conjunctivitis, skin cancer, small pox, chicken pox, wound healing, urinary tract infections, and liver ailments (Dixit, Jain, and Joshi 1988).

 Benefit

Turmeric Boosts the Immune System

Turmeric is a natural way to help bolster the immune system by increasing the immunomodulation capacity of the body. Try adding extra turmeric into your diet during periods of stress or during flu season to help give your immune system a little boost

Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer's and cancer. It's a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis

·         Curcumin Is an Anti-Inflammatory

·         Curcumin May Protect Against Heart Disease

·         Curcumin May Prevent (and Possibly Help Treat) Cancer

·         Curcumin May Help Ease Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

·         Curcumin May Help Treat or Prevent Diabetes

·         Turmeric May Help Delay or Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease

·         Turmeric May Play a Role in Treating Depression

·         Curcumin May Play a Role in Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

·         Turmeric May Improve Skin Health

·         Turmeric Protects Your Body From Free Radicals

·         Turmeric May Work As an Anti-Aging Supplement

·         Curcumin May Prevent Eye Degeneration


Side effect

Five side effects of turmeric worth knowing.

  • Upset stomach. Turmeric or haldi is known to heat your body and cause inflammation in your stomach that may lead to abdominal pain and cramps.
  • Risk of developing kidney stones.
  • May cause nausea and diarrhea.
  • May cause an allergic reaction.
  • Iron deficiency.

Because of its blood-thinning effects alone, pregnant women should avoid taking turmeric supplements. Adding small amounts of turmeric as a spice to food shouldn't be a problem.


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